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By Aakash Shah ·
I have a rather old Compaq Presario 1620 laptop with Windows 98. I seem to have a problem warm booting the computer. It does not boot Windows but gives me an error at a DOS prompt:

HIMEM.SYS is missing.
Make sure that the file is in your Windowsdirectory.

I have checked my Windows folder, and the file HIMEM.SYS is there. The only way I can restart my computer is to do a cold boot. Could someone help me with this please. I would appreciate it very much. Thanks.

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by dmiles In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Using a Windows 98 Startup disk,boot computer into safe mode and coose the option Line-by-Line configuration,then you will want to add (Y) at the end of each line,reboot

Reboot with disk in drive and choose the option to run setup without cd-rom support,press enter and let the process complete and this should add the system files which will include the HIMEM.SYS file

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Thanks for responding soulrider. However, when Itried your approach, it did not work. I still got the same error. Using your logic, I tried to warm boot first with the Startup disk in the drive. I then saw some other warnings. It started by saying after the XMS Driver startup: "ERROR: Unable to control A20 line! XMS Driver not installed." Then aferwards it said "RAMDRIVE: Extended memory manager not present" and then afterwards "WARNING: the high memory area (HMA) is nto available. Additional low memory (below 640 k) will be used instead."
Could someone please help me with this.
Thanks again.

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Soulrider:
Thanks for the response. I tried your method, but it still doesn't work. I get the same error message. Could you suggest something else? Thanks again.

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

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by VinnyD In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Try this.

copy the himem.sys file into the c (root directory).

Edit the config.sys file

find the line the himem.sys is on

change the line to C:\himem.sys

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Thanks for responding vdesimon.
I am not sure if this is supposed to be normal, but my config.sys file is empty. However, I did try to add the line "DEVICE = c:\himem.sys" (after I copied HIMEM.SYS to the roort folder). This also did not work, and so I replaced the line with "DEVICE = c:\windows\himem.sys" Unfortunately, this also did not work. Any other suggestions.

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by dmiles In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Check to see if the drive has overlay software installed,this may be causing the problem,to which you will get the memory errors,also the drive may be going bad

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Thanks for responding again soulrider.
What do you mean by overlay software?

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by Zog the Mighty In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Check your autoexec.bat file for any line that starts with either
SET PATH
or
PATH=

If you find one, go to the very end of that path (or set path) statement and add ;%path% (only include that semicolon if there isn't already one there!)
Example:
set path=c:\program files\norton;c:\program files\Oracle;%path%

Also, check your path statements for any double semicolons and remove them.

Example:
set path=c:\program files\norton; ;c:\program files\oracle;%path%

In that example, you would remove the space and the second semicolon after \norton

What may be happening is that your system may be losing its path to the Windows directory. (Although since you aren't getting any other errors, I'm not positive this will help.)

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by Aakash Shah In reply to Problem when Windows rest ...

Thanks for responding "Zog the Mighty."
I tried your suggestion, but I am still get the same error message when I try to reboot.

Thanks for your help though.

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